Course Title: Implement and monitor nursing care for clients with chronic health problems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: NURS5145C

Course Title: Implement and monitor nursing care for clients with chronic health problems

School: 155T Life & Physical Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4203 - Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing)

Course Contact : City: Carylin Lenehan/ Bundoora: Erica Keen

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4837 / 9925 6649

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Georges Ahtye

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

HLTAP401A Confirm physical health status

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required in contributing to the care of the client with a chronic
illness by performing nursing interventions that support the client’s needs and assist in maintaining an optimal lifestyle.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTEN513A Implement and monitor nursing care for clients with chronic health problems


HLTEN513A/01 Identify the impact of chronic health problems on the client and their family
HLTEN513A/02 Contribute to planning care for the client with a chronic health problem in a variety of health care settings
HLTEN513A/03 Perform nursing interventions to support health care of clients with chronic health problems
HLTEN513A/04 Contribute to an emergency response
HLTEN513A/05 Assist in evaluating the outcomes of planned nursing actions

Performance Criteria:

2.2Gather and record ongoing clinical data for inclusion in the client’s care plan in line with organisation policy
2.3Contribute information and data on the activities of daily living for the client with chronic health problem for inclusion in discharge plans
2.4Implement client discharge procedures in line with organisation policy and procedures
2.5Accurately gather, document and report changes in client condition to the appropriate health care team members
2.6Contribute to planning the nursing care of a client requiring extended care, including restorative/ rehabilitation care
2.7Identify community based care services for a client with a need for restorative/rehabilitation care
2.8Contribute to planning the nursing care of a client with cancer and/or a life-limiting illness
2.9Advocate for clients in health and/or community settings
3.1Identify and prioritise nursing interventions according to client needs as documented in predetermined care plan
3.2Base nursing interventions on client needs and individuality and perform with respect for client’s dignity and privacy
3.3Reflect consideration of cultural and religious issues in the performance of nursing interventions
3.4Encourage the client and/or their family to assist in the performance of nursing interventions as able
3.5Consider physical, psychological and social needs in the performance of nursing interventions
3.6Carry out nursing interventions in accordance within professional, legal, ethical and organisation requirements
3.7Assist the client to meet their activities of daily living
3.8Address gender and age issues in the performance of nursing interventions
3.9Recognise emergency situations and respond according to organisation policy and procedures and within legal and professional requirements
3.10Reflect on pre and post procedure care in nursing interventions and improve practices appropriately
3.11Contribute to and support health-teaching plans for the client with a chronic health problem
4.1Confirm the roles and responsibilities of members of the emergency response team
4.2Prepare and/or check the equipment on the emergency trolley
4.3Access in response to request from emergency response team, drugs commonly used during emergency resuscitation (including drugs for anaphylaxis)
4.4Participate in performing emergency resuscitation techniques
5.1Report client response to nursing interventions to the registered nurse or other appropriate health care colleague
5.2Document client response to nursing interventions according to organisation policy and legal and professional requirements

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Sessions on diabeties, chronic cardiac and respiratory disease, some of the less common neurological and renal chronic illnesses.  Discussions and lectures on the self help and lifestyle management strategies that have been found useful in managing chronic illness.  Discussions, role play and simulations around palliative care and care of the dying client. 

Teaching Schedule

Many topics spread over a significant time between week 62 and week 99 of the program.  Minimum 80% attendeance is required.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Marieb, E. 2005 Essentials of anatomy and physiology Benjamin Cummings: San Fransisco
Crisp, J and Taylor, C. 2005 Potter & Perry’s Fundamentals of Nursing 2nd Ed. Elsevier: Sydney
Tamparo, C and Lewis, M. 2005 Diseases of the human body. FA Davis Company: Philadelphia


Chabner, DE 2003 Medical Terminology: a short course Saunders:Philadelphia
Harris, P, Nagy, S and Vardaxis, N 2006 Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions Elsevier:Sydney

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include:
Observation in the workplace.
Written Assignments/projects, case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice.
Questioning: written or verbal

Assessment Tasks

Assessment is via a  case study assignment and clinical performance during final clinical placement.  Case study assignment is required to be submitted before week 96 of the program. If resubmission is required it must be resubmitted within two weeks of the date assignments are handed back in class, irrespective of whether or not the particular student is present that day.  This is because of the tight time frames around finishing the program.  Resubmissions will be notified by student email.

Assessment Matrix

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